Mike Glennon “Is An Interesting Player”February 10th, 2014
When Joe was at Super Bowl Media Day in Antarctic-like Newark, one of the many NFL insiders Joe got a chance to chat with was the legendary Gil Brandt. For those unaware, Brandt was the Cowboys player personnel director for nearly 30 years and was one of the architects of a true NFL dynasty.
Brandt had an uncanny ability to find diamonds in the rough, both in the draft and in free agency. A couple of players who many thought were washed up Brandt thought still had game, including Jackie Smith and Mike Ditka. Brandt also found undrafted players like Drew Pearson, Cliff Harris, and Everson Walls, men who had significant NFL careers.
Brandt, known as “The Godfather,” can regularly be heard on SiriusXM NFL Radio. In semi-retirement, Brandt writes a regular column for NFL.com and helps run the NFL Scouting Combine. Brandt is also active on Twitter (@Gil_Brandt) though he admitted to Joe he doesn’t do the Twittering; he dictates to his missives.
Brandt talked to Joe about the Bucs, Mike Glennon and Johnny Football. Joe will break up the interview in parts, starting today with Brandt being intrigued if not surprised by Glennon, the Bucs incumbent starting quarterback.
JoeBucsFan: Mike Glennon, what do you think about him? Do you think he has a chance to be a meaningful quarterback in the NFL or just a good backup?
Gil Brandt: You know, Glennon is an interesting player. Quite honestly, when he was at North Carolina State, I didn’t think very highly of him. When I say, “I didn’t think very highly of him,” I mean that I thought he would be drafted about exactly where he [was]. If you look at three games he played against three very good teams, two of which are here today, he played well. I think the jury is still out on him. I know this: He moves around a lot better than his body makes you think because he is so tall and lanky. The one thing about [Glennon] in college was that he wasn’t very good going to his left. If you look at the Seattle game, he throws two touchdown passes to his left. So, I think what happens [with Glennon] is, we see what we want to see. [Glennon’s short-term future] will be interesting.
That is about the most fair assessment of Glennon Joe has come across. Joe does not hide from the fact Glennon often was unimpressive. During the win over the Lions, Joe thought former Bucs commander Greg Schiano was on to something. The scoring drives using the no-huddle against the 49ers opened Joe’s eyes. The rest of the time, Joe thought the Bucs were spinning their wheels.
Perhaps Lovie Smith is trying to be fair as well? Maybe he sees something in Glennon as well, but maybe just not enough. Therefore, his fishing for Michael Vick is more a safety net than anything?
To use a Brandt word, mini-camps and training camp should be “interesting” this year.